The Shivah: Kosher Edition - Completely remastered with all-new graphics and music!
Russell Stone is a Jewish rabbi at a struggling synagogue in New York City. He is a devout man with a problem - membership is down and he lacks the funds to keep his synagogue open. Things are looking very bleak, and he has grown progressively more cynical and bitter with the passage of time.
Just as he is on the verge of quitting, he receives some intriguing news. An estranged member of his congregation has died and left the rabbi a significant amount of money. A blessing? Or the start of something far more sinister? Can Rabbi Stone just accept the money and move on, or will his conscience get the better of him? Step into his shoes as he travels all over Manhattan in his attempt to uncover the truth.
Features rabbinical conversation methods, a unique method of fighting, a haunting score, and three different endings depending on your moral choices.
PocketGamer - "Its unique cast of characters, intriguing storyline, and sharp detective-style conundrums mean it's well worth playing this thoughtful and pensive adventure." Score: 9/10, Gold Award
Cult of Mac - "Tricky puzzles, a great hero, and an interesting plot." Score: 5/5
148Apps - "The perfect bite-sized adventure that'll whet one's curiosity for many answers to life, death, choices, and mystery." Score: 4.5/5
MacLife - "The Shivah makes the jump to iOS gracefully. It’s rare that a game’s plot, characters, genre, and platform mesh as neatly as they do in this short and bittersweet tale." Score: 4.5/5
IGN Italia - "The Shivar: Kosher Edition represents a great opportunity to play a solid, mature, fascinating and original graphic adventure." Score: 8/10
Adventure Gamers - "The Shivah's interesting clues system, well-written dialog, logical puzzles and fascinating commentary make it easy to recommend." Score: 4/5
GameZebo - "The game addresses philosophical questions that have been with humankind since we first learned how to look upwards and wonder. ... The Shivah: Kosher Edition doesn't have all the answers, but it does supply a top-notch adventure experience." Score: 4/5
The Onion A.V. Club - "The Shivah fits a compelling moral conscience over a tight decision tree, and compared to [other titles], its rewards are subtler and more satisfying."
Warning: This update invalidates old saved games.
Updated for 64-bit native builds.
Fixed bug that caused the game to crash randomly.
Fixed bug that caused sound to cut out after phone-calls.
Replaced buggy sound sliders with check boxes.
Increased size of GUI text to be more visible on phones.
Ratings and Reviews
Short but good
I love all of Wadjet Eye games and The Shivah didn't disappoint. This game is more like the Blackwell series than Gemini Rue (the best!) but more austere, shorter and with complexity. It's a story of a rabbi who is caught up in a crime, you have to navigate the rabbi through the clues as he tries to find out who did what to whom. The beauty of the game are the moral dilemmas. If you behave justly then you can win this game that has more than one outcome. I had to play a few times before I figured out that moral choices is the key. There are some difficult clues in the game so u really have to focus and search for clues. I would recommend this game to anyone who is looking for something different and enjoys games that are wrapped up in a story that has good flow. I hope Wadjet Eye continues to develop more games for Mac as I would but any game they dream up. I have fun with their stories and creative play. I only gave this four stars because this game is relatively simple compared to their others. Great visuals, no glitches, they have a sense of humor and it didn't leave me too frustrated or bored.
I played all the Blackwell games and enjoyed them, but this one was disappointing... it's dull.... the music is repetitive and annoying.... and the solutions in places are so specific that it becomes a frustrating chore to play rather than fun. There are more things I could kvetch about but I think you get the idea. Go ahead and spend your money if you must... it's only $1.99.... but it only gets two stars in my book.
Not sure how a company that released good games allowed themselves to release this one. I guess someone came with the idea that Jewish theme will attract many Jewish people which is a good market. Looks like the company gave the development of this game to some newbies when the others were working on a different game. Looks like the developers had no experience with point and click games for the next reasons:
1. It’s a short game but I never had to check the walkthrough so many times. Things do not make sense like trying to find the user/password of different people
2. There is no inventory. The “inventory” includes 3 items which can not be used in the game
3. When you talk to people you wrote notes. They had an idea you can combine notes to get different conclusions. It was supposed for maybe 2 combinations only. Idea by someone that didn’t work and they decided to go with what they already written.
4. Only few characters - very basic movement. Poor graphics
5. The way to “win” to game is almost impossible. When you see the walkthrough you will understand. It makes no sense so don’t waste your time and go to the walkthrough.
Sad that such a company produces such a low quality product.
- WADJET EYE GAMES, LLC
- 119.9 MB
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2006 Wadjet Eye Games LLC
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.